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World Championships 2008 is right around the corner

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The 2008 Figure Skating World Championships start on monday. The interesting events are already on Wednesday and Thrusday when the ladies short program and freeskate -competitions are held.

YLE sports news interview on the airport before flying to Göteborg (also video):

Kiira Korpi who placed fifth in the European Championships has gone through a heavy training schedule before the World Championships in Göteborg and is aiming to do a seasons best in Sweden.

– I’m looking forward to the competition, it’s held right next door so I don’t have to travel very far. The standard of the competition is very high, but we’ll be doing our best.

– Training has concentrated on polishing the programs. Freeskate program has been slightly altered after the Euros, we have raised the difficulty levels and added a triple-triple combination. Also my choreographer came by so that side of the programs has been tweaked also. The triple-triples have worked well in practices so the conditions for success are very good.

Korpi is concentrating on performances and isn’t counting the points beforehand. She says the scale always depends on the competition, judges and the general level. After Göterborg Korpi takes a week to have a vacation, but during the spring there’s a lot of program.

– At the beginning of April we have the spring show of our club. After that begins the basic training season and it’s also time to start figuring the programs for next season. Then I have an invitational competition in Japan at the end of April. I’m also planning to apply for Tampere School of Economics in spring so there’s a lot of reading still to do, even if the matriculation exams are now over.

Update in the diary on Kiira’s official site:

School behind, World Championships ahead

Preparations for the Worlds have gone well in whole. Somekind of stomach ailment has been bothering, but I haven’t needed to pass too many training sessions because of that. I’ve seen doctor several times but nothing serious has been found. We’ve tried to find the right medication for the ailment and right now it’s looking good. Now I’m heading to Göteborg in very confident mood.

My short program is the same as before. Freeskate program has undergone some changes and the opening jump will be a triple-triple. My goals are on clean performances.

As for school it’s now over with the English exam that was on friday. I used all six hours and left with a good feeling. Now we’re just waiting for the results.

Right after the Worlds I’ll be heading to Malaysia visiting my sister there. In April there’s an invitational competition Japan. I’m competing in Team Europe and the competition is more of a “cheesefest” which includes both competition and exhibition performances. I’ve participated in the competition twice before and the atmosphere has always been great in the sold-out arena.

Also, according to our knowledge, Kiira’s main coach Maaret Siromaa is not able to go to Sweden. Instead another member of Kiira’s coaching team, Susanna Haarala, will be travelling with her.